Porsche recalls Panamera amid seatbelt concern
Germany

Porsche recalls Panamera amid seatbelt concern

The world-class reputation of Germany's automakers suffered a dent Tuesday as Porsche recalled all Panameras sold since the bold new four-door saloon was launched with fanfare in September.

Sweden no longer immune from royal gossip
Sweden

Sweden no longer immune from royal gossip

Sweden's tabloids have until recently had a fairly respectful attitude to the royal family, but recent events including the break-up of Princess Madeleine's relationship have led some to wonder whether times are changing, writes The Local's Royal Correspondent and former royal information secretary, Juan Navas.

Cop faces sack over ‘offensive and disrespectful’ blog
Sweden

Cop faces sack over ‘offensive and disrespectful’ blog

Police in southern Sweden have recommended the firing of a police sergeant who blogged about throwing stones at a thief and secretly dabbing the tip of his sex organ on car door handles.

Commerzbank fined £595,000 in Britain
Germany

Commerzbank fined £595,000 in Britain

British financial regulators said on Tuesday they had fined the London branch of German bank Commerzbank £595,000 for repeatedly failing to provide accurate transaction reports.

Contiki tours: discover Europe this summer
Germany

Contiki tours: discover Europe this summer

Studying or working In Europe? Looking for new ways to have fun this summer? A Contiki trip could be just the ticket.

Expensive military IT project ‘Herkules’ does not compute
Germany

Expensive military IT project ‘Herkules’ does not compute

A multi-billion-euro IT project created especially for the German military by electronics company Siemens and computer firm IBM could likely flop, a media report said on Tuesday.

Daimler returns to profit and raises 2010 forecast
Germany

Daimler returns to profit and raises 2010 forecast

German auto giant Daimler said Tuesday it returned to profit in the first quarter, raising its full-year forecast on the back of strong Mercedes sales.

Weather service warns climate change is real
Germany

Weather service warns climate change is real

The German Weather Service (DWD) said on Tuesday Germany faced serious threats from climate change and warned policy makers from abandoning efforts to combat global warming.

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Sweden

Assaulted Chinese woman risks deportation

The Swedish Migration Board has decided to deport a Chinese woman who lost her residency permit when her Swedish husband filed for divorce in revenge for her reporting his repeated assaults.

A Muslim Christian Democrat’s crucifixion
Germany

A Muslim Christian Democrat’s crucifixion

Germany’s conservative Christian Democrats had hoped making a Muslim woman a state minister would show how modern and tolerant their party has become. But as ZEIT ONLINE’s Christian Bangel writes, a nasty debate over crucifixes in state schools shows how much it hasn't.

Swede success as ‘meat glue’ plans come unstuck
Sweden

Swede success as ‘meat glue’ plans come unstuck

The European Parliament's environment committee has backed a proposal drafted by Swedish MEP Åsa Westlund calling for an EU-wide ban on the controversial 'meat glue' product thrombin.

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Sweden

Centre-right pushes for web sex pic clampdown

Sweden's governing centre-right coalition is pledging to expand legislation on sexual harassment to encompass cases where sex pictures and videos are posted to the internet without the consent of those caught on camera.

Majority of Germans oppose Greek bailout
Germany

Majority of Germans oppose Greek bailout

Fifty-seven percent of Germans think giving aid to Greece would be a "bad decision," according to a survey published Tuesday, highlighting the level of public opposition to a bailout in Europe's biggest economy.

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Sweden

Electrolux posts upbeat forecast

Swedish white goods firm Electrolux on Tuesday exceeded analyst profit forecasts for the first quarter of 2010 and projected a positive year as key markets begin to recover.

Candidates tame in key state election debate
Germany

Candidates tame in key state election debate

The May 9 state election in North Rhine-Westphalia could alter Germany's political landscape, but the two candidates hoping to govern the country's most populous state failed to score a convincing victory in a bland television debate on Monday evening.

Artist Eliasson explores Berlin’s urban environment in new show
Germany

Artist Eliasson explores Berlin’s urban environment in new show

Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, known for his ambitious spatial art installations, opens an elaborate exhibition in Berlin this week that was three years in the making.

Stockholm plays host to 186 nationalities
Sweden

Stockholm plays host to 186 nationalities

The county of Stockholm is now home to over 2 million people, among whom can be found people born in 186 countries, according to a new report from the County Administrative Board of Stockholm.

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Sweden

Stahre swaps Swedish champs for Greece

Swedish coach Mikael Stahre, who guided the Stockholm-based team AIK to the Swedish championship in 2009, has been appointed to lead Greek first division side Panionios for the upcoming season.

Stockholm pub voted ‘Best in the World’
Sweden

Stockholm pub voted ‘Best in the World’

A Stockholm pub has been voted the "Best pub in the World" in the Best of British awards for establishments outside of the UK, organized by the Daily Telegraph and British Airways.

Germany’s first offshore wind farm joins power grid
Germany

Germany’s first offshore wind farm joins power grid

Germany’s first offshore wind farm officially starts up on Tuesday in the North Sea. The €250-million pilot project is meant to spearhead several other coastal power plants in the coming years.

Transport minister holds volcano fallout summit
Germany

Transport minister holds volcano fallout summit

German Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer will host a meeting for airlines and aviation officials in Berlin on Tuesday to review ways to handle future problems with volcanic ash.

Deutsche Bank profits up 50 percent from last year
Germany

Deutsche Bank profits up 50 percent from last year

Germany's biggest lender, Deutsche Bank, said on Tuesday that its first quarter net profit jumped 50 percent from a year earlier to €1.8 billion.

Social Democrats seek apology over Sahlin slur
Sweden

Social Democrats seek apology over Sahlin slur

Top Social Democrat Thomas Östros has demanded an apology from Mats Odell after the local government minster dredged a 15-year-old scandal back up to the surface of Swedish politics.

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Sweden

Paper mills end strike action after pay deal

A 10-day long strike by around 3,000 Swedish paper mill workers ended on Monday with a new collective agreement on pay, the Swedish Forest Industries Federation (Skogsindustrierna) has confirmed.